Summer is officially here, which always welcomes the question, “So what are your plans for the summer?” You might have been asked this question several times already. Right? And, in wanting to sound cool and exciting, you might have felt the need to answer with the best-summer-ever plans. Of course, we hope that you and everyone else have a truly enjoyable summer in your own unique and special way, but we also hope for something more than that. What if instead of only focusing on fun, we also focused on service? What if instead of traveling, we spent more time giving back to the community we live in? See, summer is the perfect time to get more involved in your community. So take a moment to understand the needs of people in your community. Set up a schedule to volunteer every week at an organization that speaks to you and would benefit from your efforts. Remember, most non-profit organizations need support year-round, not just during the holidays. While you are it, get your friends, family, or colleagues to join you in your life-changing summer plan. Just imagine the next time someone asks you, “So what are your plans for the summer?” and you answer with the most heart-warming and spelled-out community engagement plan. No we are talking. This might be your best summer ever after all. Getting engaged matters. A big thank you to Kelle and Lisa for sharing their inspirational story with us. You are amazing. You matter.    

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